Daniel left home to go to university back in September 2013, I never thought for one minute that he'd never come back home to live again. He went to university in York, a city not far from home, but he lived in student accommodation.
After leaving university in 2016, his girlfriend had secured a job in Essex and not wanting to be too far away from her, he looked for a job down south. He found a job in Woking in Surrey, not ideal as it was seventy miles away from Jasmine, but it was closer than it would have been if he'd been living back in Leeds. They lived separately for two years, seeing each other on weekends, before Daniel got a transfer with his company to their London office. This meant that they were able to rent a property together in Essex where Jasmine was working and where he was able to commute to London from.
Not long before Covid struck, Daniel had started working from home, visiting the office only occasionally. During the pandemic, Jasmine also worked from home, and both of their companies now realise that they're able to work remotely, meaning that they can easily work from any location.
Both Daniel and Jasmine's companies have now agreed that they can work from home indefinitely, meaning that they're now able to come back to live in Leeds. Whilst they were here at Christmas, they found a flat to rent, very close to where we live. When Mick took them home in the New Year he packed up the car with as much of their stuff as he could to bring back with him. Eleanor's old bedroom is packed full of their things, above is just some of them.
Mick's gone down to Essex again today to bring another car load back with him, as well as Daniel and Jasmine. They'll be saying goodbye to Essex. We're hoping that they'll be able to fit the rest of the things they want to bring back with them in the car, if not, they'll have to make another trip, but they'll leave some things behind just for convenience more than anything. There's things which just won't fit in the car and it's more cost effective to simply replace them rather than spending extra money on transporting them back to Leeds. Mick was thinking of hiring a van to move all their things but he'd rather not if he doesn't have to, it's much cheaper doing things this way.
They ordered some furniture while they were here at Christmas but their bed isn't being delivered until some time next week. They're not sure when their broadband, which they need for work, will be set up either so they'll be staying with us for a little while, hopefully moving into their new flat properly during next week.
I waved Daniel off to university over eight years ago. We haven't seen much of him and Jasmine at all over the past five years when they've been living down south and especially so during the last two years so I'm so excited to be getting them back home again where we'll be able to see them on a much more regular basis.